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County Recorder: Chris Hitch



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A Lichen Anaptychia ciliaris subsp. ciliaris
lichen Anaptychia ciliaris

A Lichen Anaptychia ciliaris subsp. ciliaris

A large foliose lichen found on well-lit and nutrient enriched tree trunks. The thallus is grey with long, much branched, narrow lobes which widen and become brown at their tips. Image: Jacinta Iluch Valero (Flickr)

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Lichen Society

A Lichen Bacidia incompta

A Lichen Bacidia incompta

A dull green, grey-grey, white or fawn in colour and finely granular. Found on trunks of trees with basic bark, especially elm. 

Find out more: iNaturalist, Lichens of Wales, Plantlife

Starry Breck-lichen
starry breck-lichen

Starry Breck-lichen Buellia asterella

The Starry Breck-Lichen grows in turf which is calcareous, sandy, lichen-dominated and rabbit grazed. As well as the UK, it is found in Germany, France, Norway and Switzerland. Image: Annie Evankow (iNaturalist)

Find out more: iNaturalist, British Lichen Society



Dr Hitch has been recording the Lichen Flora of Suffolk for many years and has already collected over 47,000 records from about 50% of the tetrads in the County. Many of the records are from churchyards, but woodlands and old parks have also been covered. All records have been logged on RECORDER.

Further information on recording and identification can be found on the British Lichen Society website.


Major Publications

The Hepatics, Mosses and Lichens of Suffolk. Mayfield (1930 IDNHS 1: 89)

Records of Suffolk Cladoniae (Lichens). S.A. Manning (1968 TSNS 14: 11)


Lichenology in Suffolk. C.J.B. Hitch (1989 TSNS 25: 72)

Other papers from Suffolk Natural History

Lichenology in Suffolk. C.J. Hitch (2002) Open
Changes in the Lichen Flora of the Parish of Mendlesham, Suffolk, during the last Fifty Years. B. Coppins & P.W. Lambley (1974) Open
Few Lichens Left. J.C.N. Willis (1968) Open
A Note on Suffolk Lichens. D.C. Hawksworth (1967) Open
Lichens. J.C.N. Willis (1953) Open


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